Alien: Isolation won't have co-op play, and here's why

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Developer Creative Assembly has been talking more about the decision to keep the gameplay focussed on the player and a solitary Alien

Release Date: 10/01/2014

Now that Alien: Isolation has been officially revealed, developer Creative Assembly has been talking more about the decision to keep the gameplay focussed on the player and a solitary Alien. In fact, in an interview with Rock Paper Shotgun, creative lead Al Hope admitted that co-operative multiplayer was considered but ultimately ditched.

"It's very much about a single player experience," he explained. "We did think about [co-op], it's not like we never considered it - and we had some pretty neat ideas around that. But for us the focus always was that single player experience."

Don't think that this means the game will have no replay value, however. "I think because you have this dynamic alien and it's about the player's choices while they play it, it does mean that you can go back and try different stuff out," Hope said, "so I think there is a lot of scope to have players go back and do things differently."

"I think that as soon as you up the amount of humans then you're no longer as 'outnumbered'", added user interface designer Jon McKellan. "You know, if you had two or three humans facing up against one alien it's a completely different experience where you're working together to overcome it rather than just trying to survive. It just felt better to leave it single player."

Alien: Isolation will be published by SEGA for Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 and PC. It's due later this year.

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